WUHAN, China (AP) — A World Health Organization team has emerged from quarantine in the Chinese city of Wuhan to start field work in a fact-finding mission on the origins of the virus that caused the COVID-19 pandemic. They were required to complete a 14-day quarantine after arriving in China. The mission has become politically charged, as China seeks to avoid blame for alleged missteps in its early response to the outbreak. A major question is where the Chinese side will allow the researchers to go and with whom they will be able to talk. WHO said late Thursday on Twitter that its team plans to make field visits to hospitals, markets, and and laboratories starting Friday.
Starting Wednesday, the Wisconsin women’s basketball team (11-18, 3-15 Big Ten) will play with their season on the line as every game will be win or go home in the Big Ten Tournament. The Badgers will begin this year’s Big Ten Championship against Illinois (11-18, 2-16).The Badgers are in a similar position compared to last season’s campaign. Last year, Wisconsin finished 13th in the conference but surprised many at the tournament with two straight wins including a victory over 5th-seeded Ohio State Buckeyes. Hopefully, the Badgers — currently seeded 12th after a disappointing stretch of conference losses — have a run in them similar to the year prior.Women’s Basketball: Badgers fall on road to Rutgers, end regular season on seven-game losing streakFor a season which began with five out of six wins in non-conference play, the 2019-2020 Big Ten campaign for Read…The Badgers limp into the conference tournament losers of seven consecutive games — all of whom were conference opponents. It seems Wisconsin has run out of gas down the stretch as they have lost their last four games by double digits. Though Wisconsin has struggled, hopefully a week’s rest will help rejuvenate this depleted team. Like Wisconsin, the Illini enter conference play struggling. Illinois has lost six consecutive games. Five of these losses were by double digits and their last win came against conference-worst Penn State. Last season, Illinois lost their opening conference tournament game 72-60 to Purdue.A player to watch for Illinois will be redshirt junior guard Petra Holešínská. Holešínská enters play leading the Illini in scoring at 13.0 points per game and is deadly from behind the arc, ranking 3rd in the Big Ten in three-point percentage at 41.8%. Whenever Holešínská is on the floor, the Badgers must adjust their help-side defense and close-out with their hands up.Women’s Basketball: Ranked conference opponents Maryland, Northwestern dominate faltering BadgersComing into back-to-back ranked contests, the University of Wisconsin’s women’s basketball team (11-17, 3-14 Big Ten) lost four in a Read…Wisconsin will rely on the contributions of star forward Imani Lewis. Lewis enjoyed a stellar sophomore regular season campaign and was an integral part of the offense, averaging 14.3 points per game along with 8.6 rebounds per game. Though Lewis has struggled of late — only scoring nine points on 3-11 shooting in Thursday’s season finale against Rutgers — she has consistently been one of the top performers in the Big Ten. Lewis was recently named to the All-Big Ten second team for her stellar offensive play. If Wisconsin wants to make a run, they will need to rely at least partially on Lewis’ play. Wednesday afternoon will be the second meeting between the Badgers and the Illini, with the Badgers having won 73-64 in their Feb. 2 matchup in Champaign. Women’s Basketball: Badgers need win in ‘prove it’ games with Big Ten schedule nearing closeTo say that the University of Wisconsin women’s basketball team (10-10, 2-7 Big Ten) has gotten off to a rocky Read…If the Badgers move on, they will take on No. 5 seeded Rutgers for the second time in a week. Thursday’s matchup would be Wisconsin’s third meeting against the Scarlet Knights on the season.